LIANZA Webinar: Non-Māori librarians and mātauranga Māori: more than ticking the BoKsThursday April 29, 2021 - 6pm
Kathryn Oxborrow discusses the findings from her recent PhD and some practical applications for non-Māori librarians seeking to increase their engagement with mātauranga Māori.
Kathryn used Dervin's Sense-Making as a framework to investigate how non-Māori librarians in Aotearoa learn about and engage with mātauranga Māori in their lives and work. She interviewed 25 non-Māori librarians from different sub-sectors and parts of the country, and with varying levels of experience. She asked each interviewee about their journeys of learning and engagement and then discussed particular instances in detail. Kathryn also undertook focus groups with Māori librarians in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, to find out about their views and experiences regarding their non-Māori colleagues. Key themes included the importance of Te Reo Māori for engaging with mātauranga Māori more broadly, and the ethical issues around declining to engage.
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